|Photo by Hilary Tipping: Janis reads at her launch|
My story in Slightly Peculiar Love Stories started with poetry and a name. I’d been writing a poem about the sad and sinister side of life, the 'sunless underbelly'. And, completely unconnected to that, it occurred to me one day that ‘Mill’ would be a good name for a character. Someone whose real name was Millicent, but who didn’t suit that name at all; neither did she suit 'Milly'. She was a resilient, determined sort of character, someone with an absolute trust in love; Mill seemed the perfect name.
Many years ago, when I was studying at Auckland University, I was stopped in the street by a scientologist who asked, ‘What’s the most important thing in life?’ I remember I replied that it was love. I still believe that.